Coco Ho, One of the leaders of the pack, comes and sits down. So Coco, you can't all be mates surely? Trying to tease out some conflict from the love-in. "Yes" she states determinedly, "The reason it works is we're all so different, everyone has a charm about them. If everyone was the same we'd start tearing at each other."
And that's it, nail-on-the-head moment which gets hammered in as a few of the girls come over and talk. Coco's the young wise one. A product of Hawaiian surfing royalty and a natural ambassador with the fastest backhand hack around. Her big influences must be obvious?
"I admire everything that Steph (Gilmore) does. My brother was always telling me to surf like a boy and I saw her surfing and thought 'that's it, surf like that'. Most people watch videos and I look at my dad across the kitchen table. My uncle Derek was the first world champ so I have that network set-up." As it turns out Coco never intended to qualify for the World Tour when she did. "I qualified by accident and my dad was like 'whoa'! He came to every event after that."
Do you feel like you're part of the golden generation everyone talking about? "Yeah we are, we're so lucky, everyone's progressive but we all like to be girly. It's totally changing. We're stoked about it, everyone's watching what we're doing these days. Leave A Message has definitely played a big part in that."
"So what next for the girls in terms of stepping it up? Should they do all the same tour stops as the men? "No says Coco very definitely. We will always get put in the worst conditions and that's when we struggle and our heats don't look as good. Look at this event the beach was packed and we surfed in the best conditions."
© Dom Daher